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Surge in virus cases strains Ohio hospitals

By RENEE FOX Staff writer Ohio hospitals are seeing so many patients with COVID-19 that need to be admitted that they are transferring patients between hospitals and hospital systems to keep up, doctors said during a Monday briefing hosted by Gov. Mike DeWine. COVID-19-related hospital ...

Betras to Ohio Dem leaders: Resign

By DAVID SKOLNICK Staff writer YOUNGS-TOWN — David Betras hasn’t been Mahoning County Democratic Party chairman for 18 months and has been relatively quiet about Ohio politics during that time, but after the recent election, he went after the state party. Betras, who serves as vice ...

Austintown trustees clear way for Chick-fil-A

AUSTINTOWN — The popular chicken fast-food chain Chick-fil-A is on track for arrival in Austintown. Township trustees at a public hearing Monday approved a zoning change for 5657 Mahoning Ave. from agricultural to business, allowing for the eatery to be built there. The current plan ...

Youngstown man met his accomplice weeks earlier

YOUNGSTOWN — Edgar Ramirez, who will be sentenced today to at least 19 years in federal prison for a Youngstown-area armed robbery spree, met up with his accomplice only a couple of weeks before the spree began last year, Ramirez’s lawyers say. Ramirez, 23, of Detroit Avenue, had moved ...

Court overturns several convictions

YOUNGSTOWN — The 7th District Court of Appeals has overturned the felonious assault and resisting-arrest convictions of a Mogadore man. Donald Holladay was sentenced to nine years in prison last year following a trial. The panel upheld only Holladay’s obstructing official business ...

U.S. marshal, pastors create Fugitive Safe Surrender hotline

CLEVELAND — U.S. Marshal for Northern Ohio Peter Elliott and two pastors have announced the creation of the Fugitive Safe Surrender Hotline. The hotline number is 1-877-FSS-USMS. In 2005, Elliott, along with the Rev. C.J. Mathews of Mount Sinai Baptist Church in Cleveland, created the ...

Man arrested on child endangering

AUSTINTOWN — A 24-year-old township man was arrested shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday, after police received reports of shots being fired from inside of his Pointview Avenue apartment. Jonathan M. Gabrelcik, 2009 Pointview Ave., faces charges of obstructing official business, using a weapon ...

Schiavoni to be sworn in as judge today

CANFIELD — Joe Schiavoni will be sworn in at 6 p.m. today as a Mahoning County Court judge at a ceremony at the county court on North Broad Street in Canfield. Jennifer Brunner, an Ohio Supreme Court justice-elect, will preside over the event. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ...

Endowments keep park going

YOUNGSTOWN — Icons abound while driving through Mill Creek MetroParks. Some examples: the lily pond, the covered bridge at Lanterman’s Mill and the silver suspension bridge, also known as the Cinderella Bridge. To help give more than 15 so-called icons around the park official names, ...

Federal case may head to plea deal

YOUNGSTOWN — A Niles man accused of using social media to threaten a family may be nearing a plea deal with federal prosecutors. Court records show that the attorney for Caleb Hall, 25, of Niles, was in a teleconference Nov. 18 with prosecutors and made a motion to continue the case for ...